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Larissa Araz (Istanbul, 1990) is an artist and founder of Poşe artist run space in Istanbul, Turkey. She studied Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, NY, USA and Visual Arts at Koç University in Istanbul, TR. In her practice she focuses on alternative histories through non-human witnesses, denied evidences and the construction of dominant ideologies through institutional knowledge production. She was a recipient of the Prince Claus Seed award in 2021. She participated in Saha Studio residency from 2019-2020 and Arter Research Program in 2020-2021.

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1.&2. We Are Not Dead Yet!, still from the series, 2016; 3. A Chance For A Miracle, solo exhibition at Poşe Artist Run Space with Ekin Can Göksoy, Istanbul, Turkey, 2018; 4. The Soil You Tread on is not Mere Earth, Akbank 37th Contemporary Artists Prize Exhibition I, group Show at Akbank Sanat, Istanbul, Turkey, 2019; 5. Begin To See From The Darkness, open studio exhibition at Saha Studio, Istanbul, Turkey, 2020; 6. Dear Julia, Öktem Aykut Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey, 2020; 7. What Do You Hear?, made with Petra Bauer, image from the installation of the group show Reflections from the Women’s Archives, Depo, Istanbul, Turkey, 2021; 8. Hope Archive, Life, Death, Love and Justice Group Show, Yapı Kredi Kültür Sanat, Istanbul, Turkey, 2022
Artist statement

Araz focuses on alternative histories, non-human witnesses and denied evidence. Through personal narratives, she researches documents, archives,  belongings, ruins, silences, traces, and memories that are not included in, or kept hidden from social memory. Between reality and fiction, she tries to discuss possible futures and unrevealed pasts using mythology and rituals. She uses different mediums in her practice but mainly focuses on text and image-making.

She is also the other half of palimpsest (with author Ekin Can Göksoy), which departs from the ancient belief that nothing is as it seems. With an approach far surpassing the modern conceptualization of the archive, where historical records are brought together and classified, palimpsest attempts to create an archive of the annotations on the margins of manuscripts, the decorations crumbling from the walls of buildings, the written messages behind found photographs, and the testimony of what is no longer there.

Araz founded Poşe Artist Run Space in April 2018. Poşe is conceived with an urge to establish a community. It is a physical and mental open-space for those who feel the need for dialogue and critique. Poşe has showcased many exhibitions including solo and group productions, along with public programming and other content.

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